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January 6, 2013

Music in Memoriam, 2012

This was a year of generational renewal for world music. So many of the great ones died: Doc, Earl, Ravi, Dave, Etta, Whitney, Lucio, Levon. And so many poets and other people who have touched my life in some way. When the Olympians die, someone needs to take their place. Get busy.
Here’s the full list:
Adam Yauch
Andy Williams
Barney McKenna (Dubliners)
Bill Dees (songwriter: Oh, Pretty Woman)
Billy Scott
Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac)
Bob Weston (Fleetwood Mac)
Charles “Skip” Pitts
Charlie Collins (Roy Acuff Band)
Chuck Brown
Cynthia Dall
Dave Alexander
Dave Brubeck
Davy Jones
Dick Clark
Doc Watson
Don Cornelius
Donald “Duck” Dunn
Donna Summer
Dory Previn
Doug Dillard
Earl Carroll (The Coasters)
Earl Scruggs
Ed Cassidy (Rising Sons)
Elliott Carter
Etta James
Everett Lilly
Hal David
Herb Reed (Platters)
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford
Jimmy McCracklin
Joe South
Joe Thompson (inspired Carolina Chocolate Drops)
John Lord (Deep Purple)
Johnny Otis
Kathi McDonald
Kenny Roberts
Kitty Wells
Larry ‘Rhino’ Reinhardt (Iron Butterfly)
Levon Helm
Louisiana Red
Lucio Dalla
Margie Hyams
Mark Abrahamian (Starship)
Martin Fay (The Chieftains)
Marva Whitney (James Brown)
Marvin Hamlisch
Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers)
Mickey Baker
Mike Auldridge
Nick Curran (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
Ravi Shankar
Richard Adler
Robert Sherman
Ronnie Montrose
Scott McKenzie
Terry Callier
Tony Martin
Whitney Houston

Poets & Writers:
Adrienne Rich (poet)
Carlos Fuentes (writer)
Daryl Hine (poet)
David Rakoff (writer)
Donald J. Sobol (writer)
Doris Betts (writer)
Ernest Callenbach (writer)
Gore Vidal (writer)
Harry Crews (writer)
Irene McKinney (poet)
Jake Adam York (poet)
Jean Craighead George (writer)
John Miles Foley (writer)
Kathi Kamen Goldmark (writer)
Larry L. King (writer)
Louis Simpson (poet)
Mark O’Donnell (writer)
Maurice Sendak (writer)
Nora Ephron (writer)
Ray Bradbury (writer)
Reed Whittemore (poet)
Tonino Guerra (poet)
Wislawa Szymborska (poet)

Andy Griffith
Charles Durning
Celeste Holm
Daniel Inouye
Ernest Borgnine
George McGovern
Jack Klugman
Jacques Barzun
LeRoy Neiman
Mike Wallace
Neil Armstrong
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
R. G. Armstrong
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Sally Ride
William Windom.

Happy trials, New Year's, Chanukah, Christmas, What-Have-You, Martin